Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has warned she will take legal action against a Democrat political action committee (PAC) that smeared her by claiming, without evidence, she was an “unlicensed paid escort.”
“Partisan organizations putting out blatantly false and disgusting accusations won’t stop me from advancing freedom and conservative values,” Boebert said in a statement.
“This group’s vile conduct demonstrates why people are fed up with politics.
“I am not going to stand by and pretend this is normal behavior.
“This political committee, funded by far-left Democrat donors and run by two left-wing political operatives, published pages of false statements knowing they were completely fabricated.
“The law on this type of defamation is clear and this conduct will be subject to civil and criminal penalties.”
David Wheeler, the president of the American Muckrakers PAC, said t the “one person that can answer all of these questions is Lauren Boebert” before adding they “stand behind” their source.
Boebert’s attorney, John Anderson, wrote to Wheeler:
“We have irrefutable evidence that each one of these statements is patently false.
“You knew this though.
“Muckrakers published these outlandish statements knowing they were fabricated but you likely operated under the inaccurate assumption that publishing false statements against a public figure would not create legal liability.
“This will be a costly miscalculation for Muckrakers, Wheeler, and Muckrakers’ donors.
“In addition to the civil defamation claims that will be filed, Muckrakers’ actions are criminally liable.
“Colorado statute expressly prohibits the circulation of ‘knowingly or recklessly’ false information meant to influence an election.
“In addition, Wheeler also sent letters to the State of Utah and State of Colorado requesting an investigation.
“Wheeler’s letters contain multiple knowingly false statements.”
I will not let these false smears from left wing political operatives go unanswered.
The law on this type of defamation is clear and this conduct will be subject to civil and criminal penalties.https://t.co/fQDwTPeG7B
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 15, 2022
According to Fox News:
The press release accuses Boebert of working as an “unlicensed escort” for the sugar daddy website and that she met Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, when hired by a “Koch family member” in Aspen, Colorado.
The release also claimed the congresswoman had a pair of abortions and said that the allegations came from an anonymous source.
Additionally, the release included heavily redacted text messages where the PAC staffer appeared to lead the unknown person on the other end to suggest Boebert was blackmailing Cruz for political backing as well as photos of a woman the PAC claimed to be Boebert from her sugar daddy website page.